“The problem human beings face is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed.” — Michelangelo

The single most important factor that impacts whether or not a person finds success – whether it be in their personal or professional lives -– is…

Mindset.

Think of it this way. The human brain LOVES a pattern.

What you think about day in and day out directly impacts what you do.

Not the other way around.

So it’s essential to get this foundational element right.

Again: mindset accounts for the primary distinction between who achieves success and who does not.

And if you’re serious about achieving success in any and all parts of your life, you must master yours.

If you don’t do anything else this month, start adopting these four mindsets of super-successful people:

1. Growth Mindset

A growth mindset thrives on challenges and sees any failures as opportunities for growth and as a stepping stone for your next move. Learning to cultivate a growth mindset is like planting a seed in rich soil. It encourages the plant to flourish from the start. Alternatively, planting a seed in earth that’s dry and barren is what we call a fixed mindset. You only set the plant up for failure from the very beginning.

2. Celebrating the success of others

Celebrating others’ success is important for your success. If that seems a little strange, here’s why you should: If you can’t celebrate others’ success, why would anyone celebrate yours?

When you celebrate others, you foster creativity and build community. And if you’re not where you want to be, your day will come. But until that day, you can always start by focusing on the good others are putting out into the world!

3. Embrace your mistakes

We’re conditioned to hide our shortcomings and lie to cover missteps in order to appear successful to our competitors, loved ones, and ourselves. Doing this will only HURT you in the long run.

Get rid of your buts

This one is HUGE.

It involves the way you speak to yourself – your internal vocabulary. If you want to be successful, take the word “but” out of the conversation!

In my line of work, I meet people all of the time who are unsettled. Folks have a concept or idea and it dies there. Their dreams end up dying because they’re too busy saying “no” to themselves and don’t know what to say “yes” to.

When I wrote my best-selling book All Buts Stink!, one of my main goals was to help teach people how to lock into their vision.

All Buts Stink! Is for for people who need to start saying YES. but don’t know how.

Here’s what a few happy readers had to say about it:

“Walter Bond is a gem. If he can’t fire you up … you’re dead.” – Don Sturgill

“This book has helped me usher out my “But’s” and do what I know to do. Very good teaching and read.” – Kim

“Walter is a tremendous speaker and this book is a great read. I mean, I watched the guy play ball at Williams Arena back in 1989 or 1990, sixth man then. Now he is the man! Couldn’t be happier for the guy and the points he fires at you are meant to stick.”
– SDhuntingdog4

With a positive mindset shift comes success. Are you ready to take command over your vision and future? If so, make the conscious decision to master your mindset to achieve the success you deserves.

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Some of life’s journeys are harder than others.

And as a business leader, chances are you’re the kind of person who takes the road less traveled.

If you’re on that path, I’m proud of you. It’s not for the weak.

There’ll be A LOT of times where you’ll find yourself at a crossroads.

But here’s a thought for you, brave soul….

What if I told you there was an easier way to get to where you want to go – no matter how hard the journey?

What’s the secret?

The answer is going to shock you, I promise….

Are you ready?

You sure?

Invest in your map.

Maps are drawn by people who have been there.

They’ve made the journey, maybe even a few times.

And they’ve marked every cliff, every broken bridge, all the peaks, and places where there’s quicksand.

Right now you may be thinking, “I’m independent. I do everything myself! I don’t need a map!”

Trust me, I understand where you’re coming from.

Running a business can sometimes feel like a lone, treacherous journey.

You may feel that the only way to go through your unique business journey is on your own.

And a map written by someone else can feel like a questionable shortcut…

But here’s the thing…

Maps don’t force you on any one path. They just light the way.

Just like a good mentor.

A mentor can serve as your navigator, a guide that shines a light in the dark.

They’ve “been there and done that” and have the knowledge and insight to help you understand the right path to your destination.

Finding your navigator is an entirely different journey.

Can you think of someone, right now, who can help you light the way?

In the past 19 years, I’ve spoken to thousands of teams and organizations, all struggling with similar problems…and I’ve taken those learnings and condensed them for the good of any persons smart enough to pick them up.

Check out my upcoming Bootcamp.

It may be the purposeful way to connect with a mentor that you need right now.

This month, I want you to think about allowing yourself to become vulnerable.

Because it is only through opening up that you can accept generosity.

Your mentor is out there, waiting to help you with a lantern and map in hand.

Want to learn more about The Off Season Bootcamp? Check it out here.

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“One must cultivate one’s own garden.”
-Voltaire

Take a moment to imagine yourself starting your own personal garden.

Where would you start?

You could throw some seeds on the ground and hope for the best.

But if you plant where the ground is not ready…chances are you’re just throwing away the seeds.

And if you plant without a plan, you’re likely to end up with a mess. 

But what if you had someone to help you?

A more experienced gardener who could tell you what to plant, when to plant it, and how to spot when your fruits and vegetables were ripe and juicy?

Someone to help you work smarter, not harder?

Running a business can be a lot like tending a garden.

Taking a step back to strategize is as necessary to your business’ success as it is for a gardener to become deeply familiar with the growth of the fruit on his trees.

If you’re going to reap the benefits, you got to sow with a plan – and master that plan. 

And picking your opportunity at the wrong time in your business (aka, when you’re in the weeds) will result in a rotten harvest.

The best time to do it is BEFORE you plant. When you can work on your business.

Before you’re working in your business

The best time is your time off – what we like to call your “Off-Season. 

Because the Off-Season is where planning gets done. Where “downtime” becomes “done time.”

And learning to make the most of your “strategic time off” is the perfect place to start.

If you struggle with taking a break and knowing when to hit the “reset” button on your business, you might want to check out my next upcoming 1-day “Off-Season Bootcamp.” 

Just last week, my team and I coached a small group of hungry entrepreneurs on how to use their strategic time off in 2021 – and I can assure you they got their money’s worth

Will you be at our next session? 

This month, I want to remind you to take the time to tend to all of your gardens.

Your business. Your health. Your relationships.

And you may find that all you ever needed for all of them to thrive was a little time off to think.

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  If transitioning back to the office isn’t going as smoothly as planned….

….if these months of working from home have taken a toll on productivity….

….if you sense company morale is getting lower….

….if breakdowns in communication are happening more frequently…..

What’s the first step to getting back on track?

It may seem like too large of an endeavor to address all these problems at once. 

But you can start zeroing in on what’s really causing the issues in the first place.

We’ve developed a 13-question test to help team leaders take a frank look at how their teams are REALLY doing – and keeping your people dialed-in, productive, and feeling supported. 

Take the quiz here

An old connection puts you on to a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity.

Drinks with a friend leads to a business idea that could turn your whole year around.

Can you guess what these events have in common?

They’re a direct result of being aligned with the right people.

Well, I’d expand on that…

Some people will tell you that it’s not so much what you know, as it is who you know.

Nearly every major win you’ll experience in this life will have something to do with knowing the right people at the right time.

That’s why this week’s emails are all about relationships.

Be on the lookout for tips on how you can:

  • Recognize and cultivate potential relationships of mutual benefit
  • How to get other people to value being connected with you
  • How the strongest networkers (read “Sharks”) leverage their opportunities

In the meantime, check out my bestselling book “SWIM: How a Shark, a Suckerfish, and a Parasite Teach You Leadership, Mentoring, and Next Level Success in our Shopify store.

Not on our Shark Bite list? Join here.

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“The successful warrior is the average person with laser-like focus.

-Bruce Lee

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There are a million reasons to only give 50%.

You’ve got too much on your plate.

You’re afraid of disappointment.

Some days you’re just plain tired.

But here’s the thing….if you’re not giving your goals 100%, what are you really doing?

A focused mind is the closest thing to a superpower you have.

Jeff Bezos wouldn’t be worth $158 BILLION if he treated Amazon like a side-hustle.

We wouldn’t still be talking about leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. or Ghandi if they didn’t have rock-solid commitment to their ideals.

And what about YOU?

You will never understand your full potential in this life until you decide to give something, anything, your 100%.

So what’s the secret to STAYING UNSHAKABLY COMMITTED, when the rest of the world is giving that 50%?

Listen in on why commitment, like any other skill, is something you can start learning this week:

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Like what you’re learning here? Share the link with anyone you know who’d appreciate a lesson in commitment today!

Here’s to your success,

Walter Bond

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What do people like Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, and Elon Musk have in common?

Yeah, they’re billionaires and household names. But how did they get there?

Here’s the simplest way to boil it down.

Each of these “giants” tapped into the same power.

One of the greatest powers on Earth, really.

They chose a mission. And then they committed 100%.

Jeff committed his all to Amazon when it was just an office in his garage.

Years before anyone called him “The Oracle of Omaha”, Buffet committed to growing Berkshire Hathaway

Not only did they make obscene amounts of money – they became institutions.

That same power is available to you – but not without discipline.

We talk about training yourself to harness the power of commitment in one of our favorite audio training programs, “Habits and Rituals“. You can check it out here.

And be on the lookout for this week’s Shark Bite, where we’ll be talking about….you guessed it…the importance of commitment.

Not on our Shark Bite list? You’re really missing out. Sign up here.

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Sharks, 

Covid-19 has robbed us of many things. 

For those unaffected health-wise, it could be milestones in life that were permanently altered. 

For my youngest daughter, like many other young people across the country, it was a chance to attend her college graduation in cap and gown.  

It’s ok to mourn the loss of these things. 

But never lose sight of what you still have.  

Stay focused on the goals you can affect right now – what’s next on your list to conquer. 

Do that, and I promise you that what’s coming will be much brighter. 

So, to all you dreamers and high-achievers out there, I have a question: What’s next for you? 

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WATCH – 2 Minutes

Wishing you good health, safety, and success, 

Walter Bond 
CEO
The Bond Group

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We all need a break sometimes.

I know I work hard – so when I finally get some down time, I like to put my feet up and enjoy something completely unrelated to business.

This past weekend, that happened to be a sports documentary I’d been meaning to get around to watching.

But it’s a funny thing – when you’re always focused on coaching others to success like I am, you see lessons everywhere.

And the lesson I got from this documentary, got me thinking about you.

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The game of business may have changed right before our eyes.

The rules of 2019 might not still apply.

But the mindset of success? That’s not going anywhere.

WATCH – 2 Minutes

Wishing you good health, safety, and success,

Walter

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